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We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
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It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.
Faith Formation News
If you would like to help decorate the Church for Christmas, feel free to send your donations in the “Christmas Flowers” envelope you received with your weekly budget envelope. If you would like to do this in memory of a loved one, you may write their name(s) on the envelope. If you did not receive a “Christmas Flowers” envelope, you may use an ordinary envelope but be sure to write on it Christmas Flowers.
Parish News & Events
Last weekend we began a new liturgical year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. This special season is a time for us to prepare for the coming of the Lord – liturgically at His first coming at Christmas, and also for His second coming, whenever that will occur.
As we watch the candle of the wreath lit each week, let it serve as a reminder of what this time is truly about. Amidst all of the business of this time of year, there is no better way to prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord than to seek His forgiveness. We will be having an Advent Penance Service, Sunday, December 22nd at 6:00pm, in the Church at which several visiting priests will assist us. Why not make this a family event and mark it in your calendars now?
The returns for the Annual Appeal are coming in quite steadily. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Even in these difficult economic times it is edifying to witness the commitment our parishioners have to St. Ann's Parish. As of this past Tuesday, we have received a total of $30,719.00 from our parishioners and have received payments of $4,300.00 from those who had made pledges. As I mentioned in my letter, we will designate the proceeds from this year’s collection for the debt incurred for interior renovation of the Church. If you have not received a mailing regarding the Appeal you may find the letter and the financial report at the doors of the church. Thanks again to those who have already given and thanks to those who will give!
This weekend, coffee and donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We thank Walter & Angie Neas, Mary E. Riley, and Bernadette Dacey for assisting this weekend. We are always looking for helpers and it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people. If you are interested please call Bev Morgan at 508-823-9183.
Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.
|December 1||Paula Pino||1984||December 4||Illona D. O'Connell||2001|
|Mildred Agnes Steidinger||1994||Loretta Wood||2010|
|William F. Flanagan||1999||December 5||Manuel Butler, Jr||2003|
|Cecilia Rodier||2005||Evelyn Mackenzie||2006|
|December 2||Claude G. Guay||1996||Donald Coelho||2009|
|James F. MacDonald, Sr.||2002||December 6||Donald F. McCaffrey||1980|
|December 3||Andrew J. Kelley||1981||Anastasia Connors||1984|
|Marcia L. Lowe||1993||Jason Macedo||1989|
|December 4||Joan C. Prado||1990||December 7||Robert M. Shelling||1995|
|Merrall W. Viles||1992||Helen Barstad||2002|
|Rose M. Sposini||1996||Richard Norbert Cote||2003|
Please consult your schedules and let us know when you will NOT be available during the months of January, February, and March. Please send us a note via email at email@example.com, the mail, or the basket with the dates by Sunday, December 1st, so that the new schedule can be drafted.
St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life. All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit www.chooselifemassachusetts.org. Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage. It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!
St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!
Fall River Diocese
Fall River Diocese
News and Events
Trusting God. Enhance your Advent Journey this year with a day of prayer with Allison Gingras on Trust! Saturday, December 7th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Where to ever begin creating a relationship of trust with God? The wonderful news is God gives us the blueprint for learning and building trust through scripture, the sacraments, and in the example of the lives of the saints. While it may not always be easy, it is possible – God never gives us impossible tasks – and the fruit of learning to trust God inevitably spreads into every aspect of our lives. Day includes Scriptural Rosary, Reconciliation, and presentations by noted speaker and author, Allison Gingras of Reconciled to You Ministries and the day closes with Mass. $25.00 includes box lunch. To register www.ReconciledtoYou.com.
Fr. Ed Riley (World Apostolate of Fatima) and Allison Gingras (Catholic Author), will be leading a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Portugal and Spain, March 22 -31, 2014. Traditional Catholic teaching on pilgrimages is that those who make a pilgrimage for the right reasons gain many graces, both spiritual and temporal. Off-season: no crowds, no heat, and lower cost. $3,195. includes airfare. For more information call 508-243-1133 or visit us at www.ReconciledToYou.com.
|St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater||St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton|
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
|Holy Cross, South Easton||Holy Family, East Taunton|
|Monday – Friday 9:00am||Monday – Saturday 8:00am|
In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church. If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.
The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.
Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.
The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.
The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at www.TheSundayMass.org.
The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.
If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.
Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.
Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services: www.cssdioc.org.
For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit www.Masstimes.org.
Examining the New English Translation of the Mass
Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?
A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
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